Madrona Mayfair Block Party 2017 Is On The Way!


Talk about blinked and you missed it!

March is already gone and April is in full swing.Before you know it, it will be May, and better yet, time again for Madrona’s annual Mayfair Block Party!

This year, Mayfair will be on Saturday, May 13th, and it’s shaping up to be a fabulous time for the whole family.

As all Madronaites know, Mayfair is our beautiful community’s yearly celebration of Spring with plenty of fun and games with our neighbors.

In 2017, Mayfair is celebrating 41 years of bringing the community together with festive fun, and it looks to be the best Mayfair yet!

The fun starts with the parade line up, starting at Al Larkins Park bright and early at 9:15 a.m., with the parade kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Led by Seattle Firefighters and beloved Charles the Clown, the parade will head to the Playfield, and Charles will put on a great, goofy show everyone is sure to love, at 10:00 a.m. at the Shelterhouse. Don’t slither off after the clownery, because the Reptile Man will be there will plenty of scaly friends at 10:30 a.m.

The whole morning will be packed with activities for the kiddos to have a ball, such as face-painting, bouncy houses, pony rides and much more. Get a balloon animal made, arrange Pots for Tots at Cambium’s booth, or just mix and mingle with other families from right here in Madrona! Learn about goings on in the community such as the Madrona School Playground Revitalization project, visit the Seattle Public Library booth explore all the things the people and businesses in Madrona have to offer.

Of course, all that fun builds up an appetite, so there will be plenty of tasty food to satisfy almost any craving. Indulge in some yummy, fresh spun cotton candy from Madrona Grace or light and airy freshly-popped popcorn from Epiphany Parish. Be sure to peruse the selection of baked goodies, grab a hot dog, and don’t miss the perineal favorite, Imperial Mixup from St. Clouds Restaurant. 

The morning’s events will conclude with a delightful concert from Recess Monkey in the park, the whole family is sure to love.

Mayfair is a Madrona tradition and a community favorite for so many reasons and is brought to us by Madrona Community Council which funds the events through sponsorship, donations, and lots of hard work. The array of enjoyable activities, booths and treats are made possible by generous and fantastic local sponsors including Ewing & Clark, Rock Paper Scissors, Molly Moon’s, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, Cambium, Riolo Orthodontics, SRG Partnership, St. Clouds Restaurant, Girlie Press and Becky Gelder Designs.

Mayfair is the best way to welcome Spring in Madrona, and It takes plenty of volunteers to make this beloved event happen. If you would like to volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinator Rob Ward at mmayfairvolunteer@gmail.com.

Be sure to join the fun on May 13th and make Madrona’s Mayfair a tradition in your family…if it isn’t already!

Music in Madrona Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday during the month of August, the Madrona Community Council and Ewing & Clark will host a free concert series starting at 6pm in the Madrona Playfield.

This is an great way to soak up these lovely summer evenings and really take advantage of the wonderful weather we are getting. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and come unwind to the tunes of Seattle’s most talented musicians.

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Series Line Up:

August 6thAzanga Marimba, Check out this awesome and lively African marimba one of their performances here

“Our ensemble plays using eight marimbas – three Sopranos, three tenors, a baritone, and a base – and hoshos, or gourd shakers. The marimbas are handcrafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The keys are fine-tuned to reflect tones playing African societies. Each key sits above a resonator with a vibrating membrane to amplify the sound and add a unique “buzz” to the music.”

August 13th – Lucile Street

A five person band that includes Christopher Magee on trombone, Mark Aaron on bass, Damien Garcia on drums, Peter O’Neil on guitar, and featuring Becky Lewis on vocals.

August 20thAlkali Earth, youth metal band from Washington Middle School

“Formed in 4th grade in 2013, Alkali Earth consists of four pre-teens with a passion for 80’s thrash metal and its predecessors. In addition to covers from Rush, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath and the like, they play a few original songs, loosely focused on what their parents are currently doing to the planet.”

You can hear more of their great tracks here

August 27th – The Professors – SPU Professors (& Betsy Erving’s owner of the Arts Aloft’s, husband) featuring 60’s rock and roll.

These professions are going to teach you a thing or two about good old rock ‘n roll. You’re homework assignment for the evening…. boogie!

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3rd annual Bite of Greece Seattle, May 29th – May 31st

10924228_824020597690690_2799304422795667153_oThis weekend the 3rd annual Bite of Greece Seattle, takes place from Friday, May 29th to Sunday, May 31st. This food bonanza and street festival takes place in Capitol Hill and will be the mecca of all things Greek.

From souvlaki to baklava, you will find the most authentic and delicious Greek cuisine around. They will also have music and dancing too! You don’t want to miss this… or else you might be saying “Opa!”

Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption
1804 13th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Friday, May 29th 4 -10 pm
Saturday, May 30th 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, May 31st Noon – 6 pm

Mary’s Place Wins 2013 Non-Profit Of The Year

Madrona Presbyterian Church

Mary’s Place, sponsor of the Julia’s Place Night Shelter at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, has been named the 2013 Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Seattle Business Association. Mary’s Place and its affiliated shelters are the only shelters in King County that accept homeless women with children. They provide basic services such as hot showers and laundry, along with resources to help women lift themselves out of homelessness.

Julia’s Place hosts five families (men, women, and children) overnight while they wait for permanent housing, and is staffed by volunteers who stay the night and serve dinner. The “Madrona Moms” community group has signed up to serve at the shelter one week per quarter.

The shelter is looking for volunteers to staff the remaining 12 weeks. For more information about how you can help at Mary’s Place, please contact Alyson Moon at alyson@marysplaceseattle.org or at (206) 621-8474.

Remembering Dee Dee Ranibow

Madrona’s leading Mayfair parade maven Dee Dee Rainbow sadly passed away in November and her family and friends would like to invite the neighborhood to celebrate Dee Dee’s life on Jan 4th at the University Unitarian Church. Dee Dee taught art at Meany Middle School for 30 years, and was known for her positivity and vibrant spirit.

Photo Credit: Flickriver

Photo Credit: Flickriver

You could always find her at any given jazz event that happened within 500 miles of Seattle. There will be a parade in her honor this weekend and everyone is welcome to join in the celebration of one of Madrona’s kindred spirits. Please come dressed for the occasion (rainbow garments encouraged) to pay tribute to Madrona’s own Rainbow lady. The service will be held at 1:00pm, hope to see you there.

Two Nickelsville Camps Move to Central District

This weekend marked the deadline for Seattle’s Nickelsville residents to move out of the Marginal Way location, and more than 100 residents will have to be dispersed to other camps, including two in the Central district. Over the three day weekend, two new camps were set up on the 2020 block of South Jackson, and the empty lot on 22nd & Union. According to the Seattle Times, residents get to choose which camp they’re relocated to based on seniority and all of the new locations now have the advantage of being closer to bus routes and other services than the Marginal Way location. Over the past few years, Nickelsville has been moved to two additional sites, but has been forced to move due to complaints from neighbors or city officials. tent

Neighbors of the Central district locations were given notice that the camps would be moving in, and although the immediate reaction to some may not have been a positive one, there are other successful camps running throughout the city near churches and church owned properties, such as St Joseph’s in Capitol Hill. Residents abide by strict housing rules that include no drinking alcohol or using drugs, and no weapons or abusive behavior on the property. We hope the camps will run smoothly in their new locations.

St. Therese New Mass Schedule

St Therese SeattleSaint Therese is the Madrona neighborhood’s Catholic church on 35th between Spring and Marion.  There are several other Catholic churches in the area including St. Joe’s on Capitol Hill, Immaculate Conception up between 18th and 19th and St. Mary’s over by Washington Middle School.  Because of the close proximity (among other reasons), St. Therese is now sharing their priest with Immaculate Conception; therefore, the Mass schedule is changing on Sundays so the priest can be present at both churches.  Starting on Sunday, February 17th, mass at St. Therese will be at 8:30 AM, noon and 5 PM.

Madrona’s Liberation United Church of Christ and Gay-Marriage Issue

The Seattle Times just published an article “In Black Churches, A Gay-Marriage Divide” that discusses the gay-marriage issues that is being voted on in 4 states and how it remains a “thorny” issue in African-American churches.  The first church mentioned in the article was Liberation United Church of Christ who worship at Epiphany Church in our Madrona neighborhood.  The Liberation United Church of Christ is lead by co-pastor Marshan and Darrell Goodwin-Moultry.  The two men married in New York and now are supporting Referendum 74 here in Washington.

Click the link above to read more of the Seattle Times article.

St Therese Halloween Carnival

Halloween MadronaSaint Therese Catholic School in Madrona is having their fourth annual Halloween Carnival Saturday, October 27th from 11 AM to 2 PM.  The carnival is held in the St. Therese gym which is on the corner of 35th and Spring.  The Halloween Carnival is free to public to enter and most activities are only $1.  Activities including everything from bouncy house to throwing a fishing hook over a curtain and pulling out a surprise.  It is a great event for young kids, if you are in the Madrona neighborhood come on by St. Therese – everyone is welcome.

St. Therese Makes Big Changes

According to an article in the Seattle Times, St. Therese Catholic School in the Madrona neighborhood has made great changes to their program. Up until two years ago, St. Therese found the number of students dwindling. Enrollment was down to about 90 students, just about 10 in each class. As expenses continued to grow, closure seemed to be the only option. Leaders of the school wasted no time and begun to make changes in order to draw more attendance. They worked very hard making numerous phone calls, hanging up fliers, and adding a Pre-Kindergarten class to the school. Most importantly St.Therese is attracting family with their emphasis on computer instruction. Students are spending 30%-50% of the day on laptops, where their progress can be tracked. Because of the many changes they made, their attendance has nearly doubled to 173 students.

Photo Courtesy of: St.Therese School

With $433,000 in grants to date, $300,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, St. Therese is the second Catholic school in the nation that practices a blended-learning model, computer-based learned as well as traditional classroom style learning. Similar efforts are being put underway at Holy Rosary in Tacoma, where they are also hoping to adopt a Spanish-speaking program to attract more Catholic Latino families.

With the help the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, St. Therese has 190 laptops which is enough for each student in grades 4-8, and one for every 2 students in K-3. These laptops replaced 25 computers that were outdated, now students can feel proud of what they are using and accomplishing.